"No Nightmare" Beef Wellington

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 45 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 6 portions
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6 preformed frozen puff pastry cups

2 tablespoons canola oil

Six 4-ounce beef fillets

Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Duxelles, recipe follows

Spinach, recipe follows

Wine Sauce, recipe follows


1 1/2 pounds sliced button mushrooms

2 tablespoons unsalted butter


1 tablespoon fresh chopped thyme leaves

1/4 cup liver pate

Kosher salt and cracked black pepper


1 tablespoon unsalted butter

2 bags pre-washed baby spinach

Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Wine Sauce:

1 cup balsamic vinegar

1 cup red wine

1/2 cup sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Lay the puff cups on a baking sheet making sure the cups are not touching each other by at least an inch on all sides. Bake per packaging instructions.
  3. Heat a large oven safe skillet over high heat, add the oil. With paper towels remove all excess moisture from the outside of the beef, season the beef liberally with salt and pepper on all sides. When the oil begins to smoke, lay the beef fillets gently in pan, making sure the fillets are not touching. Cook for 1 1/2 minutes on each side, then put the pan in the oven and cook for an additional 10 minutes for medium rare.
  4. Cut the puff cup in half and place the bottom half in the center of the serving plate lay a spoonful of Spinach in the middle of the puff, top the Spinach with of the fillets. Lay a spoonful of Duxelles on top of the fillet and cap it off with the top of the puff pastry. Drizzle the plate with a tablespoon of the Wine Sauce.


  1. Add the mushrooms to a food processor and pulse until they are extra-finely chopped. Heat the butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Once the butter has melted add the mushrooms and large pinch of salt, continue to cook the mixture, stirring often until the most of the mushroom moisture has evaporated. Add the thyme and melt in liver pate. Check for seasoning.


  1. In a large pan heat the butter over medium heat, once the butter has melted add the spinach and a pinch of salt, cook until the leaves have wilted.

Wine Sauce:

  1. In a medium sauce pot, over high heat, add all the sauce ingredients. Cook until the liquid is reduced to 3/4 of a cup.